The four-wheel-drive Ford Bronco is perhaps the most thrilling off-road vehicle since the Jeep Wrangler, whether crunching through treacherous woodland tracks or calmly idling up to a Wendy’s drive-thru window. The Bronco, available in two- and four-door body designs, was created to do everything a Wrangler can—and even more. Like a Wrangler, you can disassemble the Bronco’s doors, but only the Ford keeps its mirrors.
The SUVs from both brands are designed to handle large puddles. However, the Bronco suffers from substantially less road noise when cruising between puddles. It also offers higher raw horsepower, with output ranging from a 330-hp twin-turbo 2.7-liter V-6 to a 300-hp turbocharged 2.3-liter inline-four. However, the off-road SUV market is full of Bronco rivals, as listed below.
16. Jeep Cherokee (XJ)
The Jeep Cherokee (XJ) is a small sport utility vehicle that Jeep produced and marketed for one generation in the US from 1983 to 2001 and internationally from 2014 to 2016. The Cherokee is available in a front engine, rear- or four-wheel drive, two- or four-door, five-passenger, and versions. After 13 years of manufacturing, the Cherokee received a new exterior and interior style in February 1997. Both the two- and four-door bodies were in production, and they both got new front header panels with a more aerodynamic appearance, a steel liftgate, restyled tail lights, more plastic molding along the doors, and a new steel liftgate. The spare tire fastens to the interior rear quarter panel in the trunk on the driver’s side, minimizing cargo hauling space.
15. Nissan Terrano II
The Italian I.DE.A Institute created the body of the Terrano II/Mistral. Unlike most of its rivals, it was tall and slender, providing plenty of ground clearance. It had two body types with different wheelbases—a shorter three-door variant and a more extended five-door model—and was built on the WD21 Terrano chassis. A panel van variant of the three-door was also produced, mainly for the British market. The Terrano II entered production in Spain in February 1993, and in May that same year, Europeans could access it on the continental European market. June 1994 saw the Mistral’s debut in Japan. The three-door Mistral debuted in 1995 after initially only being offered in the five-door configuration.
14. Lada Niva
Since 1977, AvtoVAZ has created and manufactured the Lada Niva Legend line of four-wheel-drive, small, compact off-road vehicles (wagons and pickups). The original Niva is equipped with a four-speed manual transmission, a customarily aspirated 1.6-L overhead-cam four-cylinder petrol engine that generates 56 kW (76 hp) and 126 Nm (93 lb-ft) at 5,000 rpm. The driving system uses the center, front, and rear differentials.
There are two levers in the transfer case: one to lock the center differential and one to switch between high and low ranges. Both of the capabilities mentioned above naturally require the usage of a clutch to be appropriately selected, much like standard gear shifting. On the other hand, the transfer case cannot lock while the vehicle is moving and must come to a complete stop. The original Niva’s top speed, according to Wikipedia, is 130 km/h (81 mph).
13. Chevrolet S-10 Blazer
General Motors released the Chevrolet S-10 Blazer and its rebadged GMC S-15 Jimmy derivative in 1982 for the 1983 model year. They were based on and jointly created with the 1982 Chevrolet S-10 pickup truck, which was released the year before to replace the Chevrolet LUV truck, based on an Isuzu platform. Similar to their full-size K5 predecessors, the S-series Blazer and Jimmy were only available in two-door body styles and lacked removable hardtops for a long time. Four-door variants of the S-10 Blazer and Jimmy, with a 6.5 in (17 cm) longer wheelbase and length, were only introduced in March 1990.
12. Toyota Land Cruiser J70
Since 1984, Toyota Land Cruiser models have been produced under the 70 Series name. The 70 Series was the answer to the Bronco that maintained the off-road capability and durability associated with the 40 Series, despite significant modifications in style and several technical advancements. In 1999, the short-wheelbase version was phased out in most regions, and the pickup version was given the 79 series designation.
The Troop Carrier was given the 78 series designation. The main mechanical modifications included a coil spring live front axle (rather than a leaf spring), longer rear leaf springs, 5-bolt wheels (rather than 6-bolt wheels), a new steering wheel, new front indicators, and a longer wheelbase in the cab-chassis (which increased the rear storage capacity).
11. Toyota 4Runner
Although some Bronco versions are shorter in length, the 4Runner and Bronco have similar appearances. Both cars have a lot of ground clearance, but the 4Runner has a slight advantage here over the Bronco thanks to its 9.6 inches of clearance as opposed to its 8.3 inches. The 4Runner is available with either rear-wheel drive or four-wheel drive, whereas the Bronco comes standard with four-wheel drive. Experts gave it a score of three out of five, whereas 4Runner owners gave it a rating of 4.6 out of five, praising its performance on rough roads. The Bronco features either a 2.3-liter or 2.7-liter turbocharged V6, while the 4Runner offers a 4-liter V6 with significantly more power.
10. Ford Bronco II
The Bronco II, which was available alongside the third and fourth generations of Ford’s full-size Bronco during the 1984 through 1990 model years, was nearly the same size as the first-generation Ford Bronco. The Ford Bronco II, a compact pickup truck derived from the Ford Ranger, was produced for only one generation as a three-door wagon, competing against the Jeep Cherokee’s three-door model that debuted in the same year.
The Bronco II underwent styling changes for the 1989 model year along with the Ranger. The front bodywork, including the hood, fenders, and bumper, was all new on the exterior. A new instrument panel across the dashboard’s interior accents the upscale cabin, which is what we wanted from the second generation of the Bronco. Along with a noticeable boost in structural support, the new bodywork also changed how things looked overall.
9. Chevrolet Captiva
Under the Chevrolet brand, General Motors sells the Chevrolet Captiva, a small crossover SUV. The first generation was based on the GM Theta platform and derived from the S3X concept car unveiled in 2004, the first generation. Released in 2006, it was sold until 2011 under the names Daewoo Windstorm in South Korea, Holden Captiva in Australia, and Chevrolet Captiva in New Zealand. In the second quarter of 2011, a revamped Captiva line was made available.
A new front fascia of the refreshed Captiva resembled that of the Chevrolet Aveo (T300). Other noticeable exterior changes included new wheels, LED turn signals on the door-mounted mirrors, and updated side air vents. The VM Motori 2.2-L turbo-diesel engine and the new SIDI alloy V6 were produced in South Korea, with the Holden 2.4-L four-cylinder petrol engine coming from Australia.
8. Land Rover Defender
Except for cost and fuel efficiency, the Defender is superior to the Bronco in almost every way. 18 mpg in the city and 21 mpg on the highway are equivalent gas mileage. Whether you select its 2.0-liter four-cylinder, 3.0-liter six-cylinder, or 5.0-liter V8 engine, its horsepower ranges from 296 to 518 hp. The cabin is serene and cozy, even with the semi-off-road tires installed.
The interior radiates a sense of functional luxury and is tastefully muted. The steering wheel’s spokes are completed with a stunning coating with white sandstone’s texture and appearance. Large and comfortable, the cockpit offers a commanding perspective of the road; however, wide A-pillars can hide dangers at intersections. Thank goodness the Defender has good parking and collision avoidance features.
7. Land Rover Freelander
Between 1997 and 2015, Land Rover produced and sold the Land Rover Freelander, a small crossover SUV. From 2007 through 2015, the second generation is for sale in North America, the Middle East, and Europe. This is under the names LR2 and Freelander 2, respectively. Both two-wheel and four-wheel drive versions of the Freelander are available in today’s market. The Freelander 2 came with an all-new engine. This included a transversely mounted 3.2-liter straight-six Volvo SI6 series engine. It made its debut in the new Volvo S80, and a PSA Peugeot Citroen 2.2-liter DW12 common rail turbo-diesel engine.
6. Nissan Pathfinder
Consider the 2022 Pathfinder as a minivan working out hard, with less emphasis on mobility and more on bulking up. It is competent off-road because of its V6 engine, optional all-wheel drive, and 7.1-inch ground clearance. The Pathfinder’s optional entertainment features are impossible to pass. This is especially true for those more concerned with keeping the kids entertained while you drive to the campsite. The Pathfinder is Get Jerry’s pick for affordable SUVs within the Ford Bronco price range.
5. Chevrolet Traverse
The Chevrolet Traverse is a three-row crossover SUV that General Motors made. The 3,564 cc DOHC V6 LLT engine from the Chevrolet Traverse has direct injection and VVT. This powerplant is for the 2009 model year in the other Lambda cars. All four wheels or the front receive power from a 6-speed automatic transmission. The LS and LT variants of the Traverse produce 281 horsepower (210 kW), with 266 lb-ft of torque. The dual-exhaust LTZ variant generates 288 horsepower (215 kW) and 270 lb-ft of torque.
4. Ford Escape
The Escape is a fantastic substitute for the Bronco, its sibling. Although its name and history are less prestigious, it has shown itself as a capable SUV. The Escape will significantly increase your vehicle’s fuel economy, but you’ll give up the fun off-road styling. While the larger engine produces 250 hp, the smaller engine produces 181 hp. With the Escape, you can tow anything from 1,500 to 3,500 pounds, depending on your setup selections.
3. Jeep Patriot
The Jeep Patriot is a five-door, front-engine compact crossover SUV that debuted in April 2006 alongside the Jeep Compass. The Patriot in the US has a gasoline I4 2.0 L or 2.4 L World engine. There are options for front-wheel drive and four-wheel drive. The Patriot comes with two electronically controlled four-wheel drive systems. Freedom Drive I is the name of the fundamental four-wheel drive system.
This system, a full-time front-wheel-drive or optional 4WD/AWD, may automatically send up to 50% of power to the rear wheels when it lacks grip. You can control the clutch attached to the rear differential and lock it 50-50 below a particular speed. This “locking” is only a request to lock the ECC more than it would typically lock in the normal AWD mode.
2. Chevrolet Equinox
Introduced in 2003 for the 2005 model year, the Chevrolet Equinox is a line of mid-size, compact crossover SUVs from Chevrolet. The model produced was the Pontiac Torrent. The last one to leave the factory on September 2, 2009, marked the end of the Torrent’s production after the 2009 model year as part of the Pontiac brand’s demise. On September 22, 2016, Chevrolet presented the third-generation Equinox, available with up to three engine choices. A 1.5-liter turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine with 170 horsepower, a 2.0-liter turbocharged I4 engine with 252 horsepower, or a 1.6-liter turbo-diesel I4 engine with 136 horsepower, is the only gasoline engines that differ from the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu. The third generation did not offer the 3.6-liter V6 engine option.
1. Jeep Wrangler
The Jeep Wrangler is one of the 4×4 SUVs that is equally well-known and popular as the Ford Bronco. It’s impossible to help but compare the two vehicles. They both come in two- and four-door styles with detachable doors, body pieces, and soft- or hardtops. They look very similar to one another and cost the same. The 2022 Wrangler is available in 11 distinct trims. Each offers a wide range of optional extras and packages to customize your Jeep to your exact specifications. The Wrangler 4xe is a plug-in hybrid vehicle with an electric-only range of 49 miles.